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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 6, 2016 02:23 PM
From: Senator Judith L. Schwank and Sen. Vincent J. Hughes
To: All Senate members
Subject: Stolen private images
We will shortly introduce legislation to strengthen Pennsylvania law against the unauthorized dissemination of private sexual and naked images.
Pennsylvania has criminalized the non-consensual dissemination of images of a present or former sexual or intimate partner, so-called “revenge porn, ” but the theft and dissemination of images by a person with no intimate relationship to the victim, motivated by financial or other reasons, in addition to harassment, remains un-addressed. Typical violations include physically accessing and forwarding images from a victim's computer, phone or similar device without permission, or hacking into them to do so.
Our legislation will apply to the same types of images protected by the current Intimate Images law (i.e. images containing nudity or a sexual act), and will treat violations the same as it with regard to both criminal grading for adult and minor victims and civil liability.
We hope you will join with us to help prevent such activities.

Introduced as SB548